Monday was a day I’ve been anticipating for a long time. It was the day I got to meet one of my favorite authors, James Dashner.* Eager as I was, I sat in the second row (no one ever sits in the first). About 10 minutes before the event was set to start, James asked everyone who was there early their names. I introduced myself as one of the employees and then proceeded to cough profusely. Once the fit was over I explained about having pneumonia a month ago but that I wasn’t contagious. James asked if perhaps I had The Flare.** “You tell me,” I said. “You know the symptoms.” “Have you been acting crazy lately?” he asked. “Pah,” I replied, waving my hand dismissively. “I always act crazy.” (Okay, so this probably wasn’t the best thing to say to a favorite author I want to return to the store some day but I think he knew I was joking.)
When the seats were a bit more filled in, James started off with talking about his writing process and how The Maze Runner trilogy got to where it is today. He shared a great story about meeting Judy Blume and getting to have tea and cupcakes with her (awesome). Then he took questions from the audience and try as we might, he was very tight-lipped about the third book. He was even a bit tight-lipped about The Scorch Trials because it’s only been out a week and he thought that most of the audience hadn’t read it yet. However, I did (as did most of the staff) and I was anxious to ask him questions about stuff that happened in the book but I didn’t want to spoil it for anyone either. (I admit this begrudgingly.) After he was done signing everyone’s books, he hung out for a few minutes to chat with the staff. James was very laid back and down-to-earth. I hope that he’ll be back to the store when the third book The Death Cure comes out next October. After all, I can’t own all his books and have only one of them not signed!
*Okay, if you don’t know who I’m talking about by now, then you really haven’t been paying attention.
**You must read his books in order to get these references so go read them already!